Juror who skipped celebrity trial for island vacation slapped with 30-page essay in lieu of jail time

A possible juror being thought of in the Atlanta trial for over a dozen individuals, together with a distinguished musician, was ordered to jot down a 30-page essay – full with major and secondary sources – in lieu of jail time after skipping courtroom for a global journey, in accordance with a number of stories. 

Juror No. 64 was among the many swaths of individuals being thought of in the trial for Rapper Young Thug and 13 others accused of racketeering, making a violent avenue gang and selling the gang’s alleged legal actions via Young Thug’s music, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. 

Hundreds of potential jurors have filed in and out of the Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta, and the stream of potential jurors is anticipated to proceed till jury choice ends someday across the finish of subsequent month.  

Juror No. 64, whose title is being withheld, went earlier than Fulton County Chief Judge Ural Glanville on Thursday, simply hours after she was reportedly taken into custody at an area airport on Wednesday.

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Atlanta-based rapper Young Thug, born Jeffery Lamar Williams, seems in a Fulton County courthouse.
(WAGA-TV Fox 5 Atlanta)

“Oh no, this is serious,” the juror mentioned upon coming into the courthouse’s jury meeting corridor, in accordance with the AJC.

The lady instructed the courtroom she had booked her journey to the Dominican Republic on Dec. 29, 2022, someday earlier than she opened her jury summons, she mentioned. She travels ceaselessly for work, she famous, as was the case for the January journey.

She initially attended jury choice when required on Wednesday, Jan. 4, after which left for the Dominican Republic that Friday. She mentioned she requested earlier than she left courtroom on Wednesday if there have been any exceptions, noting that she was conscious {that a} listening to for potential jurors dealing with “hardships” associated to jury responsibility was scheduled for the next Monday, Jan. 9, when she can be out of the nation.

“I asked, was there any exceptions?” She mentioned she was instructed, in accordance with video shared on-line by Law & Crime Network, “The best you could do was send an email with the details and explanation.”

She went on: “They said send an email, and I did the first-thing the next morning. I also called aggressively trying to get through.”

Juror No. 64 added that the courtroom’s voicemail system notified her to ship an e mail with any points associated to summonses “and you will not be penalized.”

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“I didn’t really know I was in violation until the sheriff showed up,” she went on. “After, I realized… basically because family started calling me from seeing the news and reading the paper or whatever. And I called back then. I couldn’t leave… I was on a boat, and I had no way to get off.”

Glanville questioned the lady all through her clarification, together with about why she selected to attend to inform the courtroom of her journey till Jan. 5, as an alternative of instantly upon studying of her summons. 

“Honestly, your honor, my mail was stacked. I went through, and I saw that it said we had to do it within 10 days, I believe it said,” she mentioned. “So, my thought was just to show up to not be – every move I made was to not be negligent of the jury summons.”

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Glanville held the potential juror in contempt, he mentioned, however handed down an uncommon sentence. 

“Contempt is punishable usually but a fine of $1,000 and/or 20 days in jail,” Glanville mentioned. “In order for you to satisfy your contempt, I’m going to commute your 20 days, and require you to write a 30-page paper on the importance of jury service.” 

Fulton County Chief Judge Ural Glanville in a Fulton County courthouse.

Fulton County Chief Judge Ural Glanville in a Fulton County courthouse.
(WAGA-TV Fox 5 Atlanta)

An essay in lieu of jail time is uncommon in and of itself, however Glanville had extra: “You have to do APA style. You’re going to have to use at least 10 primary sources, 10 secondary sources.”

He went on to explain how she would want to jot down, amongst different issues, in regards to the historical past of jury service and “who could not serve on a jury,” discrimination and jury service in Georgia. 

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“Years ago, people who looked like us couldn’t serve on juries. It was prohibited,” Glanville defined. 

The paper was as a result of be submitted electronically inside three weeks, Glanville mentioned. 

“We’re going to run it through a plagiarism check – you gotta write it yourself,” the jurist mentioned. “And you have to come back and talk to me about it.”

Rapper Young Thug performs at the Lollapalooza Music Festival, Aug. 1, 2021, at Grant Park in Chicago.

Rapper Young Thug performs on the Lollapalooza Music Festival, Aug. 1, 2021, at Grant Park in Chicago.
(Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Juror No. 64 is reportedly due again in courtroom on Feb. 13.

Young Thug, the 31-year-old rapper born Jeffery Lamar Williams, was one of the 28 individuals charged in connection with the alleged RICO scheme. Prosecutors accused the defendants of establishing a Bloods-affiliated gang, “Young Slime Life,” and finishing up a slew of violent crimes to become profitable and develop extra highly effective. 

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According to the AJC, the trial is anticipated to final so long as 9 months, and can be the longest in Georgia’s historical past, if that’s the case. 

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